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    I pretend!

    Actually, that's only half true. I read a script and I just read it for content and story. I read it again and explore what emotions are pouring from the text. Then I pretend.

    Playing pretend is one of the hardest things to do, at least at the level we used to do it as children. When I was younger, I could easily pretend a toilet paper roll was a flashlight. I can pretend to do that now, but I feel an audience would sooner believe the younger me than the current me.

    It's important for me to really hammer down that script. Everything else comes together after that. Not to say that I couldn't improv my way out of a brown bag.
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    You guys are crazy... all of you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Marshall View Post
    You guys are crazy... all of you...
    Negatory, I'm just running low on Ben and Jerry's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Marshall View Post
    You guys are crazy... all of you...
    Because we care about what we do?


    Just kidding. I know you care probably more than all of us combined.


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    I think I kind of care too much... more than is really good for me to...
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    I've read that actors who just "pretend" can't deliver truly great performances.


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    Quote Originally Posted by seunosewa View Post
    I've read that actors who just "pretend" can't deliver truly great performances.
    Not true. I good friend owns a large theater in LA, acts and directs there, and is a private coach for stage, TV, and film. He personally coaches people for major feature film roles and he is VERY good at what he does, but he thinks all the method poo is malarky. He teaches whatever he needs to for the person to perform well, but for himself, he just turns a switch and goes out and pretends.

    He also holds a pretty low opinion of people that need to BECOME the character for months on end in oder to perform it.

    It's just different ways for different people. His PERSONAL theory is that it is called ACTING, not BECOMING. But he easily acknowledges that his way is not for everyone. (Mostly because most actors are brainwashed goofballs like Tommy and Penguin. )


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    Maybe it doesn't apply to stage acting because stage acting is less naturalistic? (no close-ups, you have to project your voice, you have an audience, etc)?

    Maybe it applies to screen acting because it's easier for the audience to spot a phony performance in a close-up? Just thinking out loud.


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    ...and is a private coach for stage, TV, and film.
    His theory applies to acting as a whole.


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    There are a host of wonderful Pretend Actors, Laurence Olivier being one of them. I do strive to find the emotion, though.

    As for stage being less naturalistic...that's tough to say, the spotlight is the same as a closeup. Audiences are in a situation where they want to believe the performances are real, so if they're in a live performance theatre then they can still spot OVER acting because they are understand that they are witnessing live theatre.

    As for film, well, if you're overacting, you're over acting...then it's the director's job to pull you back.

    IMO, if you can get the job done, it doesn't matter what your process is.

    Think...David Blaine versus David Copperfield. Both deal with magic, both have different approaches, yet both have found an audience and an they both deliver.
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